School Buses Run Late

By: Gary Smollen Email
By: Gary Smollen Email

Some people are getting a crash course in winter weather driving. It really has been two years since the Heartland has experienced a "real" winter. Bus drivers got a lesson Friday and some students missed part of their school day.

Skye Kinser's Christmas break started a little earlier than her friends. After her bus was about 30 minutes late, her mother Mona had her come back inside. "They told me 45 minutes to an hour and that they would notify," said Mona. "All of these buses were trapped on side streets or hadn't even left the parking lot yet."

Skye doesn't mind missing school except for the fact that illness kept her out a lot last year and she doesn't want to become truant. As far as the last school day before winter break, Skye says she's not missing much. "Not really, my friends said there was supposed to be a basketball game, but nothing big."

There were more personal cars and fewer buses outside of Field Club Elementary Friday morning. There were also more grandpas walking their grandchildren than usual. Buses were running about an hour late all over the metro.

Field Club parents say that the hill on Woolworth Avenue leading up to the overpass over Interstate 480 was the biggest problem. They say three busloads of their kids got stuck on the overpass.

Ashley Walmer managed to avoid all of the trouble on the Woolworth overpass and barely got her kids to school on time. "There was buses stuck at the top of the hill, at the bottom of the hill, nobody was getting up the bridge but I dodged it all so they got here right as the bell was ringing so I got lucky."

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